The United Nations said yesterday low rainfall has caused food shortages in parts of Eastern Equatoria, a state in South Sudan. Missions to Kapoeta East, North and South and Budi confirmed this "food insecurity."
The UN says, "Household food availability has declined considerably and many families are resorting to the consumption of wild foods in the Kapoeta counties." The lean season between harvests could start earlier than expected in Kapoeta. Families would have even less food supply at that time. The UN says a response plan for food aid is being developed.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing aid in Eastern Equatoria through Food-for-work projects. Rations are provided to workers who then complete projects to help the community. Since December, 2012 WFP has provided food-for-work rations for the clearing of areas for community access roads and the construction of pit latrines. Similar projects are being planned.
WFP spokesperson George Fominyen said that last year, "WFP implemented several programmes across all counties of Eastern Equatoria state – providing assistance to over 226,000 people."